The Witcher 2 Pirated Over 4.5 Million Times, According to DeveloperCategory: Gaming
Posted: November 30, 2011 09:27PM
CD Projekt's latest release, The Witcher 2, released earlier this year and unlike many other PC games, went without DRM. This was great news for gamers since we would not run into an install limit or be required to be online at all times just to play. This also benefitted pirates because they did not have to crack any form of DRM to illegally obtain the game. CD Projekt is an advocate of releasing games without DRM, and it will continue to do so even after the developer's CEO Marcin Iwinski estimates The Witcher 2 was pirated over 4.5 million times. He looked at anecdotal numbers based on concurrent torrent downloads to come up with that number, but says the real numbers could be a lot larger. Iwinski says other developers will not abandon DRM because it covers their butts and will not listen to anyone about dropping DRM. He says consumers can use social media to voice their displeasure about DRM schemes, since it could impact the sales numbers for developers, which is one thing that matters.